The concept of "governance" is not new. It is as old as human civilization. Simply put "Governance" means: the process ofdecision-making and the process by which decisions are implemented (or not implemented). Governance can be used in several contexts such as corporate governance, international governance, national governance and local governance.
Good governance has 8 majorcharacteristics. It is participatory, consensus oriented, accountable, transparent, responsive, effective and efficient, equitableand inclusive and follows the rule of law. It assures that corruption is minimized, the views of minorities are taken into account and that the voices of the most vulnerable in society are heard in decision-making. It is also responsive to the present and future needs of society.
Good governance is not optional:
Good governance underpins and supports the mission and the purpose of the institution. Good governance creates a sound, ethical and sustainable strategy, acceptable to the institution as a whole and other key stakeholders. Good governance oversees the implementation of such strategy through well-considered processes and procedures in an open, transparent and honest manner. Good governance is essential to the grant or assertion of autonomy. Officers by embracing good governance approaches accept, unequivocally, their own collective and individual responsibilities.
Subjects under the cell:
Legal awareness on women and child rights:
While it is widely accepted as Justice delayed is Justice denied, but the more need of the time is to seek justice, many women and child issues are simply neglected and no power seeks justice, the right to approach for justice itself is missing in the minds of the concerned people. They take whatever happens as their fate and accept it. Under such circumstances, it is very vital for us to make the people aware of the legal rights for women and children. This forms the basis that they go ahead and seek justice. This foundation is more important to be aware and to seek, the speed of justice can be later fast tracked to suit the needs of the hour, also there may be other modes of justice for the victims and that should also be looked into. The core remains awareness of their rights.
Legislative initiatives for justice delivery:
To speed up the justice system, and to ensure smooth coordination between the pillars of justice, it is very important to have them framed under a common thread. This is the role played by the Legislature. Initiatives undertaken which help facilitate justice are always welcomed by the people and hence prime importance is to be given to such legislative initiatives. With time, technology adaption is crucial. The role of technology should be incorporated in initiatives and help build a strong justice delivery mechanism.
Best practices in good Governance:
Simply put, it involves the people in the fold to be participatory, consensus oriented, accountable, transparent, responsive, effective and efficient, equitableand inclusive and follows the rule of law. This impacts reduction in corruption and thus ensures sustainable human development. The people and the authorities both get the fruits of this practice and the State’s progress is fast tracked. Following these practices are not difficult as they are the morals of every human soul, culture, custom and religion. One has to be simply true to oneself and the path is smooth.
Sexual harassment of Women at workplace:
While a lot is talked and said about rapes when they happen, little is done to change the mindset of the people. Rape may stand at the extreme end, but minor instances of sexual harassment happen to women at many places. Seeking sexual favours is also a mode of corruption. A lot is usually not reported for various reasons like fear of job loss, salary reduction, promotion withheld etc. the victim simply fears the authority and hence must be first counselled and later proceed to justice. The rules have been framed by the parliament and must be duly followed all across the nation.
Ethics and values in public Governance:
The whole idea of governance is well being of the people, of which the foundation lies on the morals and principles of the individuals themselves. While we may only see governance as someone who builds institution and infrastructure, the ethics and values which they do also matter as they are responsible for the direction of the state. While a minor error at the bottom affects the top most officer, so it is vital to focus on the ethics and values as then only the smooth delivery of governance is envisioned.
Alcoholism and substance abuse:
Excess of anything has been always bad. Although alcohol has been a part of our culture and some customs, their excessive intake has resulted in health of the people and also affected family structure. Along with this, substance abuse has been on the rise. There may be many reasons why people indulge into these even when being aware. The role of the cell is not only to create awareness and remedy for the victims but also to help negate the factors responsible for people to indulge. One of the key lies in prevention, counselling and rehabilitative services.
Awareness on rights and welfare of persons with disabilities:
A person may be disabled by birth or later in life by an accident, in both the scenario, the person should not give up and has a right to lead a normal life. The person should be treated at par with other people and also respected the same. Due to their disability, we do have some provisions for their ease only with respect to the disability, not on other factors. Awareness about their rights would help them come up in life and contribute to the society as they wish to.
Work life balance:
We all seek to be happy in life at every instance. The reason for work for many is economics and this helps them buy things that make them happy. But in the race of competition, many times, we forget the reason why we are working and the focus becomes only work and not happiness. This is where the concept of work life balance needs to be practiced. This helps rejuvenate the employee and that helps them focus more of work yielding more productivity at work.
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